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Teaching with an eye
Q: Where did you go to I thought, Gilbert is surely one
school? of those dead Germans. And so I
I did my undergraduate work at got here and, low and behold, my
the University of Louvain in Bel- office neighbor is a gentleman by
gium, and then I did my graduate the name of Elmer Gilbert. And
work at Columbia University in I came to find out that he's the
New York. Gilbert of the Gilbert Realization
Q: Why did you decide to that I learned about as a graduate
come to the University of Mich- student. It was awesome.
igan? Q: What are you currently
When I was looking for a posi- teaching?
tion, I visited seven or eight plac- This semester I am teaching
es, and the University of Michigan Introduction to Aerospace Engi-
was really the best place. I mean, neering. This is an undergraduate
this is really a fantastic College class. I am also responsible for an
of Engineering. In my area, there undergraduate required seminar.
is a famous problem called the Generally I teach courses in flight
Realization Problem and it has dynamics and air control. This is
severalsolutions, includingwhatI also my area of specialization in
was taught as a graduate student my research.
called Gilbert Realization. And Q:What are you researching?
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On the more mundane side, I've
been doing a lot of work with a col-
league, Prof. Semyon Meerkov in
electrical engineering and com-
puter science. We've been doing a
lot of work on an areawe've ended
up calling quasi-linear control,
and we just published recently a
textbook. I also do some far-out
work on having machines that are
capable of producing offspring -
self-producing technologies. And
if that were not scary enough, then
we endow these machines with a
capability of producing offspring
that are mutants, so they mutate
and then from generation to gen-
eration, they evolve and acquire
capabilities that their ancestors
did not have.
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Prof. Pierre Kabamba teaches aerospace engineering in
the College of Engineering.
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WHERE: Alice Lloyd Resi-
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A 45-year-old
man not affiliated with the
University was seen by staff
attempting to enter the
residence hall, University
Police reported. He was
subsequently escorted out.
WHERE: Thompson Street
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A parked car sus-
tained damage to the driv-
er's side door, University
Police Reported. Police are
treating it as a hit-and-run
investigation but have not
identified any suspects.
Man forced to
Car hits car .
part with lover
WHAT: Professors will talk
about how the availability of
fresh water affects women
in developing countries.
Hors d'oeuvres will be
WHO: Water Theme
WHEN: Today at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Conor O'Neill's
Traditional Irish Pub
about old age
WHAT: English Prof. Nich-
olas Delbanco and Keith
Taylor, who coordinates the
University's creative writ-
ing program, will hold a dis-
cussion on old age.The talk
will be followed by a book
WHO: Author's Forum
WHEN: Today at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
WHAT: Law Prof. Sherman
Clark will discuss methods
of persuasion and arguing
WHO: Center for Ethics in
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad
WHAT: Georgetwon Uni-
versity Prof. Charles King
will discuss the impact of
the Holocaust onthe Jew-
ish community in Odessa,
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and East European Stories
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New genetic tests claim to
identify athletic abilities
genes that play role
in strength, speed
CHICAGO (AP) -Was your kid
born to be an elite athlete? Mar-
keters of genetic tests claim the
answer is in mail-order kits cost-
ingless than $200.
Some customers say the test
results help them steer their chil-
dren to appropriate sports. But
skeptical doctors and ethicists say
the tests are putting profit before
science and have a much greater
price tag - potentially robbing
perfectly capable youngsters of a
chance to enjoy activities of their
"In the 'winning is everything'
sports culture, societal pressure
to use these tests in children may
increasingly present a challenge to
unsuspecting physicians," accord-
ing to a commentary in Wednes-
day's Journal of the American
Scientists have identified sev-
eral genes that may play a role
in determining strength, speed
and other aspects of athletic per-
formance. But there are likely
hundreds more, plus many other
traits and experiences that help
determine athletic ability, said Dr.
Alison Brooks, a pediatrician and
sports medicine specialist at the
University of Wisconsin in Madi-
Brooks and University of Mich-
igan physician Dr. Beth Tarini
wrote the commentary to raise
awareness about the issue.
A handful of companies are
selling these tests online. In some
cases, the tests screen for genes
that are common even among
non-athletes. As science advances,
Brooks said, "My guess is we're
going to see more of this, not less."
Bradley Marston of Bountiful,
Utah, bought a test online a year
ago for his daughter Elizabeth,
She's "a very talented soccer
player," and Marston wanted to
know if she had a variation of a
gene called ACTN3, which influ-
ences production of a protein
involved in certain muscle activ-
One form of the gene has been
linked with explosive bursts of
strength needed for activities
such as sprinting and weight lift-
The ACTN3 test sold by Atlas
Sports Genetics was developed
by Genetic Technologies Limited,
an Australian firm. Atlas' $169 kit
consists of two swabs to scrape
cells from the inside of the cheek.
Customers return the used swabs
to the Boulder, Colo., company and
receive an analysis several days
A woman pushes a cart full of dead fish through King Harbor, near Los Angeles, yesterday. An estimated 1 million dead
fish washed up in the area yesterday, puzzling authorities and necessitating a mass clean-up.
1'-milon dead fish wash,
upon California marina
Friends, family gather for funeral of
Mich. high school basketball player
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -
Classmates, coaches and for-
mer opponents were among the
mourners who filled a southwest
Michigan church yesterday to
celebrate the short life of a teen
athlete who friends and fam-
ily say will have a long-lasting
Many of the more than 1,500
people at Wes Leonard's funeral
wore orange ribbons, and some
released orange and black bal-
loons outside the church, mir-
roring the colors of the Fennville
High team that he made a game-
winning shot for last week before
collapsing on the basketball
The night before they paid trib-
ute to Leonard at the church, his
teammates honored the 16-year-
old junior as they played through
their grief to win their first game
in the state Class C tournament.
Those who knew the "larger
than life" football and basketball
star always recognized thathe was
special, even apart from sports,
his uncle, Jim Leonard, said dur-
ing the church service. National
attention in the wake of Leonard's
death has touted his character to a
far broader audience.
"It's just amazing that now
the whole world knows how spe-
cial he was," Jim Leonard said at
Christ Memorial Church. "Wes
will not be forgotten."
Leonard died of cardiac arrest
from an enlarged heart last
Thursday, moments after his shota
gave the undefeated Blackhawks
a victory to wrap up the regular
Opponents said they admired
Leonard's game-winning feats in
basketball and football - he also
was the Fennville football team's
star quarterback - but they also
respected his grace, sportsman-
ship and leadership.
"No negativity," said Devin
Brock, a Bloomingdale basket-
ball player who competed against
Fennville, said of Leonard. "He
was always positive."
Fennville is a town of about
1,400 near Lake Michigan,
but the school district covers
a broader area. A bus from the
Gobles and Bloomingdale dis-
tricts arrived at the funeral with
more than 70 students.
Experts: Mass fish
deaths unusual but
not unheard of
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.
(AP) - An estimated 1 million
fish turned up dead yesterday in
a Southern California marina,
creating a floating feast for peli-
cans, gulls and other sea life and
a stinky mess for harbor authori-
Boaters awakened to find a
carpet of small silvery fish sur-
rounding their vessels, said Staci
Gabrielli, marine coordina-
tor for King Harbor Marina on
the Los Angeles County coast.
Authorities said there was also a
12- to 18-inch layer of dead fish
on the bottom of the marina.
California Fish and Gameoffi-
cials said the fish were sardines
that apparently depleted the
water of oxygen and suffocated.
"All indications are it's a
naturally occurring event," said
Andrew Hughan, a Fish and
Game spokesman at the scene.
The die-off was unusual but
not unprecedented, he said.
"In the world of fishing this is
an afternoon's catch," he noted.
Nonetheless, the scale was
impressive to locals at King Har-
bor, which shelters about 1,400
boats on south Santa Monica Bay.
"The fishermen say they've
never seen anything this bad that
wasn't red tide," Hughan said,
referring to the natural blooms of
toxic algae that can kill fish.
Hughan said water samples
showed no oils or chemicals
that could have contributed to
the deaths. He said some of the
fish were being shipped to a Fish
and Game laboratory for study
but the cause was likely to be
The fish appeared to have
come into the marina during the
night and probably couldn't find
their way out, he said.
"The simplest explanation is
the fish got lost. ... They get con-
fused easily," he said.
Hughan said there was no
safety issue at all but "it's going
to smell bad for quite a while."
Fire Department, Harbor
Patrol and other city workers set
to work scooping up fish in nets
and buckets. A skip loader then
carried them to big trash bins.
Local officials initially estimat-
ed there were millions of fish,
but Fish and Game roughly esti-
mated about 1 million.
City officials estimated the
cleanup would cost $100,000.
Fire Chief Dan Madrigal said the
fish would be taken to a landfill
specializing in organic materials.
On the water, nature was tack-
ling the problem in other ways.
"The seals are gorging them-
selves," Hughan said.
Large groups of other fish
could be seen nibbling at the
floating mats of dead creatures.
"The sea's going to recycle
everything. It's the whaole circle-
of-life thing," Hughan said.
Although the Fish and Game
authorities were focusingon the idea
that the sardines simply gat con-
Hughan noted that some fish-
ermen reported waves were com-
ing over the harbor breakwaters
during the night. That washes
bird excrement off the rocks and
into the marina and can cause the
water to be depleted of oxygen.
Gabrielli, the marina employ-
ee, said the fish appeared to have
moved into the harbor to escape
a red tide, then possibly became
trapped due to high winds over-
Ed Parnell, a marine ecolo-
gist at Scripps Institution of
Oceanography called Gabrielli's
theory plausible, although gen-
erally he would expect that the
wind would have mixed oxygen
into the water. Parnell said these
types of fish kills are more typi-
cally seen in the Gulf of Mexico
or the Salton Sea, the enormous
desert lake in southeastern Cali-
fornia where millions of fish die
with some regularity.